SIDON, Lebanon: Hamas’ politburo in Lebanon thanked Sidon residents Sunday for LL60 million in financial donations to fund the resistance’s jihad in the occupied territories.
“We don’t want this money to go to food or drink, instead we want this money for Jihad, for logistics and military gear,” said Hamas representative in Lebanon Ali Barakeh, thanking donors from Sidon’s Rawdah mosque.
The campaign, which was launched last Friday, called for $100 donations from those financially capable and a $1 donation from those who can’t afford more.
Donations accrued LL60 million from Sidon residents and donors from the Rawdah mosque, and the money was transferred to an organization responsible for military operations in Palestine.
“They fight with their blood, and you exercise Jihad through your money,” said Barakeh, pointing out that the financial jihad assists the Qassam brigades in achieving great feats in their fight against occupation.
“This money will go into war manufacturing, and this money will become bombs and rockets targeting the Zionist enemy,” he added.
Barakeh called on the Arab league and the Islamic Cooperation Council to press for lifting the siege on Gaza, pointing out that the resistance needs to be supported financially and militarily.
The Hamas representative said that the resistance would lead the nation towards a forthcoming liberation battle that would free Jerusalem from occupation, stressing that relations with Israel would not calm until the ground, naval and economic siege is lifted.
More than four hundred Palestinians have been killed in the 13-day conflict – more than 150 in the last 72 hours alone. On the Israeli side, three soldiers and two civilians have died.
Israel says more than 1,500 rockets have been fired out of Gaza during this month's fighting, and between 3,000-4,000 others destroyed in military strikes - together almost half of the militants' original estimated arsenal.
Hamas says it is continuously replenishing its stock of weapons and is ready for a prolonged conflict.
Hostilities between the two sides escalated following the killing last month of three Jewish students that Israel blames on Hamas, despite the organization's denials. The apparent revenge murder of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem, for which Israel has charged three Jews, further fueled tensions.